Bringing the Outdoors Inside: Using Natural Elements in Your Home Décor

Natural designs often accent the organic material in your home.,Natural designs often accent the organic material in your home. Image courtesy of Progress Lighting.
Natural designs often accent the organic material in your home.,Natural designs often accent the organic material in your home. Image courtesy of Progress Lighting.

One of the bigger trends in home design is using natural elements to bring the outdoors inside your house. It's a design aesthetic that people have tried to perfect for generations, as organic looks and elements tend to make a home feel calm and at peace with the space.

At the same time, bringing home lighting designs into your organic and natural décor can be a tricky task to tackle. However, there are some ways to get you moving in the right direction – toward efficient and practical lighting – while still maintaining the natural elements in your home.

Simplicity Brings Peace
For many people who want a calm and peaceful home, removing the clutter is usually the first priority. Simplistic designs are often organic, which means your lighting design should follow suit.

Instead of having multiple lights for your bedroom, try making a statement with a single pendant light fixture. This will bring peace to your lighting design and using a wooden-material pendant could accentuate this theme even more.

Use Organic Material for Your Backdrop
Another way people effectively bring organic themes into their home is with a natural element for the backdrop. This can be an exposed brick wall or a vintage wooden wall to stand out among the rest of the home's design. This will add texture and color to any room, which will ultimately make the lighting design easier.

Organic designs work off all the materials' small but beautiful imperfections. Your lighting should not overexpose these areas, but work with your natural design to show there's a unique feeling to your home. Recessed ceiling light fixtures can generate unwanted shadows, but depending on your material, you could use that to your advantage.

Brighter the Better
Again, you don't want to always use too many shadows on the organic elements in your home because they can hide the uniqueness of your design. Instead, try to go brighter with LED light bulbs and bring out the wooden, grainy or heavy-duty brick themes of your home.

Some people like to bring antlers into their home to give a more earthy feel, but using dark lighting could make your home appear more like a lodge than a living space. There's a breaking point between having too much of a cottage feel and presenting a modern aesthetic design.

Seeing Every Inch of the Home
Natural themes usually rely heavily on built-in cabinets and storing hutches. This gives you a great chance to put in natural elements like branches, rocks, seeds, antique glasses and other vintage-style items. Your goal should be to showcase every inch of your home to give it a more organic look.

Additionally, your ambient lighting should illuminate enough to see each unique treasure in your home. While you might not have much, you want to fully embrace each piece of furniture, antique item or design in your house.

Visit your local ALA showroom or go online to to learn more about organic lighting options.

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